There are the popular choices in Supercoach, then come the Points Of Difference………then there’s the Rare Gems. The players that are pumping out the big digits just for you and your team. Every few weeks we’ll try and unearth the Rare Gems (under 3% ownership, exceptions in the RUCK/FWD line) that could propel your team up the rankings……..
Bachar Houli (RIC) – I gave him a bit of a wrap over the pre-season but found myself all alone on that one 😉 Two tons in the first nine weeks didn’t inspire too much confidence in Supercoaches either. Over the last three weeks Houli has hit a purple-patch with scores of 127, 139 & 129. It’s been a welcome bonus for the 2.3% of Coaches that bought him early as he is now priced at a hefty $538k. It seems he’s dismissed those nay-sayers that wanted to write him off during Ramadan………
Luke Shuey (WCE) – There are probably more prolific Midfielders going around but Shuey might be the one to dominate over the last ten weeks. Averaged 116 over the first four Rounds before a string of 90-odd scores brought his output down. He bounced back nicely with a 114 against the Cats last week. Owned by 1.4% and at just $499k, Shuey might be the Rare Gem that you need for the run home. It doesn’t hurt that the Eagles have three games in Perth over the next month and a favorable draw till SC-Finals.
Rhys Stanley (GEE) – Hard to find Rare Gems in the Rucks but Stanley is a left-field choice with a bit of upside. With Nankervis stalling in his scoring, Stanley could be the dual-position player to use as back-up in that R3/F7 Swingman position. Form and injury have hampered Stanley in 2017 but he returned a decent 95 against the Eagles last week. Perhaps a sign of better things to come? Owned by just 0.9% of teams and currently priced at $385k.
Chad Wingard (PTA) – Yeo, Heeney, Macrae & Dahlhaus are locked into many forward lines in 2017. Nankervis has taken up a spot in nearly half of all teams as well. That leaves the F6 position free……..you could do a lot worse than Chad Wingard. Has averaged 98pts over two full seasons despite a reputation for inconsistency. His last five games have brought an average of 97.6…….could he be working into his old form? Currently owned by just 3.8% of Coaches and priced at $459k. Wingard offers a decent POD option with plenty of upside if things keep going Port’s way……….
Are any of these Rare Gems in your side? Have you considered any as a big point of difference?
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